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Three-point play: Tri-captains, Recruiting, NCAA transfer rule outlined by Pitino

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By Ken Cross The Louisville Cardinals are getting ready for one of the most deep and talented teams of the Rick Pitino era. The chemistry and definition of the basketball team was capitalized with the election of Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel, and Quentin Snyder as the tri-captains for the 2017-18 campaign. “I am surprised but very excited to see that …

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ACC Notes: Adel’s return signals big things for Cardinals

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Embed from Getty Images After Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson departed Louisville for the NBA Draft, the Cardinals were relieved when the 6-7 junior Deng Adel pulled his name out and announced on May 24 that he was coming back for his junior season. Adel is a huge piece of the puzzle for the Cardinals as coach Rick Pitino …

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Berry’s toughness leads North Carolina to national title

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross So North Carolina point guard Joel Berry had two injured ankles and so much was written about this that it sounded possible that he would ride to University of Phoenix Stadium in a wheel chair for the National Championship matchup with Gonzaga. Berry never relented.  He was the tough leader that coach Roy Williams had bragged on …

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Shooters, inside game highlight Gonzaga-North Carolina final

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By David Sisk Six Keys to Gonzaga vs North Carolina The Inside Game – What will both teams have in common Monday night? They won’t have a decided height advantage in the post, which both normally share. The Heels’ bigs have dominated this season, and Kennedy Meeks was a one man wrecking crew against Oregon. Both teams have enjoyed large …

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Many crucial keys when Gamecocks face Gonzaga and Ducks battle Tar Heels

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, ACC, Pac-12, SEC, WCC by Ken Cross

By David Sisk Embed from Getty Images South Carolina vs Gonzaga Two Physical Teams – South Carolina has caught a break thus far with the tournament scheduling. Let’s face it, basketball is all about matchups. Marquette was bad defensively, Duke was tired from four games in four days during the ACC Tournament, and they were six deep with a predominately …

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Heels not overlooking disciplined Butler

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, ACC, Big East by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross North Carolina point guard Joel Berry says his ankle is close to 100 percent, Justin Jackson continues to answer the same questions about the ascension of his game, and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams is just glad to be in Memphis.  The focus of all three, though, is on the Butler Bulldogs, who Williams hasn’t beaten in two …

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Mathiang could be X-factor as Louisville takes on ACC at Barclays

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Mangok Mathiang is a kind, friendly big-hearted senior center of the Louisville Cardinals.  He is not bashful and will not shy away from a conversation with virtually anyone.  He played big minutes at Louisville this season whether it be as a starter or as a role player coming off the bench and contributed generally every night to …